Waveney District Council are the new owners of land in Oulton and it will be transformed in to a country park for local residents to enjoy.
Ownership of the open space land at Woods Meadow has been transferred to the Council as part of a planning agreement with Persimmon Homes, following nearby residential development.
As part of the ‘Section 106 Agreement’ arrangements, Persimmon Homes have contributed funding for the development and maintenance of the 50-acre park for the next ten years.
Cllr Mark Bee, Leader of Waveney District Council said:
“We have been working with Oulton Parish Council and Persimmon Homes for some time to move this land into our ownership. This space, which will be managed by Waveney Norse on our behalf, will be available for the community to enjoy and we will be working closely with local residents, the primary school and the Parish Council to ensure this space meets their needs.”
Brian Hunter, Chair of Oulton Parish Council said:
“Oulton Parish Council welcomes the long awaited handover of the Woods Meadow 50 acre country park. The Parish Council will continue to play its part in encouraging local parishioners, equine users, the local school and environmental visitors to participate in consultations along with the newly proposed Park Warden to bring about a country park fit for purpose that everyone can visit and enjoy.”
From 1 April, Waveney Norse will manage the park on behalf of Waveney District Council through its Countryside Team and it is hoped that a Woods Meadow Friends Group will be established in future to support this maintenance.
The first steps for the country park will be an initial wildlife survey and consultation with potential park users, including dog walkers, runners, cyclists and horse riders.
The land at Woods Meadow was allocated for residential development in 1996 and in 2013, planning consent was granted for approximately 800 houses, community facilities, a primary school and country park. The first phase of the development, for 246 homes, was approved in 2014 with the school, known as The Limes Primary Academy, opening last year.